Final R H E
Chicago Cubs (41-41) 6 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (35-46) 2 5 1
W: Arrieta (8-6) L: Adleman (5-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Joey Votto had another outstanding day: 2-4 with two RBI. Votto is now hitting .317/.429/.621. That ain’t bad, friends and neighbors.

–Wandy Peralta walked a batter, but faced the minimum in his scoreless inning of relief.

The Bad
–Votto and Peralta’s performances were the only good things about today’s titanic struggle. The rest of the team, besides Votto, only had three hits collectively. They actually only had one hit until the eighth inning.

–Tim Adleman was not adequate today: 4.2 innings pitched, 3 runs allowed on 6 hits and a walk.

–After Adleman left the game, Cincinnati manager Bryan Price turned to perhaps his two least-effective relievers: Blake Wood and Austin Brice. The duo combined for 3.1 innings of relief, and they surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.

–Eugenio Suarez made a rare error at third base.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Not a good game today — and I really wanted a sweep — but the Reds took two of three from the Cubs. That’s always a good thing.

In addition, it was a 4-2 home stand against the top two teams in the NL Central division. That’s also a good thing.

–Votto’s two-run single in the eighth inning was his 1,499th career hit. That ties Ted Kluszewski for tenth on the club’s all-time list.

–The Reds are now 23-20 at home. Unfortunately, when they go on the road, they turn into the 1982 Reds. They’re 12-26 away from Great American Ball Park.

–Okay, today wasn’t fun, but the Reds will head to Colorado tomorrow as they attempt to win a third consecutive series. Go Reds.

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20 Responses

  1. mariners77

    Agree wholeheartedly. 4-2 on the brief home stand vs Brewers and Cubs is a pleasant surprise from a team that has struggled over the last few weeks.

    And the Chicago faithful helped put almost 120k in the stands this weekend – I appreciate the help in funding our rebuild!

  2. J

    If anyone happens to have this stat, I’d like to know how many times in the history of baseball has a team had a regular bench player pinch hit for its regular leadoff hitter for reasons other than an injury or blowout.

  3. Jack

    Alcantara is not the answer either. Otherwise you are correct.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      Both, Alcantara & Turner, are wasted spots. Bring Winker and Irribarren instead.

  4. TR

    A nice home stand after going 2-14 after the sweep of the Cardinals in early June. A tough road trip coming up against two potential playoff teams.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      I hope it’s better than this but based on the way the Reds have played on the road, 2-5 is about the best we can expect from them on this trip, maybe 1-6 given that bother Arizona and Colorado have winning records.

  5. Bill

    Does anyone have the winning percentages when Barnhart and Mesaroco are catching.

  6. Indy Red Man

    Something might be going on with Winker suddenly leading off at Lville? I caught the 8th inning and Scooter had an excellent 7-pitch walk to leadoff the inning. He could be a good leadoff hitter vs righties. Call up Herrera or Dixon for Peraza. They need to DFA Wood. He’s 32 and obviously on the decline. We’ve seen enough of Brice and he needs to go back down to Lville. Bring up some new arms….maybe Herget and Shackelford? They need to try to play Mesoraco more as well….maybe he can hit enough and play enough for someone rich to pick up his salary next year?

    • Darrin

      I think iribarren deserves a call up….apparently he’s even pitched 8 innings this year

  7. bouwills

    A great outing Wed. in Denver by Feldman may induce the Rockies to consider trading for Scott. Colorado has some interesting prospects.

  8. GreatRedLegsFan

    Retooling/Rebooting/Rebuilding

  9. james garrett

    Cozy has had his best year so far in the majors while playing for a new contract.Just have to be careful because the back of his card is full of data and he is older and injury prone.He has to be traded and we will miss him.

    • IndyRedMan

      Big Bob resigned BP in a similar situation and they won’t want to lose an “All-Star” for marketing purposes. I think they’ll offer Zack a 3 yr deal which may or may not be a good thing if he takes it. I’d say the Over/Under would be around 350 games. If he could play that much then it would be good to keep him!

  10. james garrett

    Setting Peraza and pinch hitting for Billy was the right thing to do and we need to see more of it but we won’t.Cozy has had a great first half but the back of his card is full of data,he is playing for a new contract,he is older and injury prone.He has to be traded.

  11. james garrett

    OOPS I repeated myself and then some.Old age is a terrible thing.

  12. IndyRedMan

    Yeah….he’s drawing walks like crazy which means he’s mostly swinging at hittable pitches. That usually means good things for the hitter? He went off in Colorado last year so lets see what happens? He’s definitely part of the future unless he really falls apart.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I’m beginning to think he’s the shortstop of the future. The way he swung the bat early this year profiled him as a third baseman, but what we’re seeing recently is a regression to his career norms. Assuming he can field the position, he would be an above-average offensive shortstop, and open up third base for anyone else who might make his way through the system. 😉

      Re-signing Cozart would be a mistake. He’s a loyal guy and a good player, but — God love him — he’s maxing out in a contract year. Wouldn’t we all love to do that? Injury history and age to me are the two biggest strikes against a long-term extension.

      • Chuck Schick

        I agree with your Cozart comment. However, I think they will make a deal with him for a few reasons:
        1. It shows the fan base they can and will re-sign guys.
        2. If there is ” mutual interest” it means Cozart’s agent is concerned that the market is limited and Cozart may error on the side of security.
        3. They’ll have a surplus of infielders and they’ll potentially have more flexibility in structuring trades.

        Not saying I agree, but I think they’ll do the deal before the ASG.

      • Chuck Schick

        One last thing on Cozart, if they re-sign him now and pay him a signing bonus over the All Star Break…if structured appropriately…. it wouldn’t be subject to Ohio taxes, Cincinnati taxes or any ” jock tax.” I believe he lives in Tennessee which has no state income tax so not only is he getting money up front, he’s keeping an extra 6-8%….on 5 million that’s an extra 300k net.

        It enables the Reds to reduce their back end obligation and Cozart likely is willing to take more of a discount to get more of the money up front in the most tax efficient way possible.

    • Chuck Schick

      Plate discipline can be a focus and like anything it can be improved upon, but ultimately the ability to decipher in a 1/4 of a second that a pitch is going to be an inch outside is far more nature than nurture.

      A year ago, Hamilton seemed to making progress and then he regressed.

      Maybe he reverted back to who he really is or teams just started pitching to him differently and he is unable to or has yet to adjust.